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This Drawing Pretty Much Covers How ...

Mar 12, 2013, 11 comments, 13 smiles This drawing pretty much covers how I feel about the whole SS community... but it is specifically inspired by Audrey. Last week we were hanging out at a cafe, and the girl behind the counter could not have looked more unhappy. "Hi there," said audrey...no response..."Having a long day?" Audrey asked. "Yup," said the girl, without looking up. "Would you like a tangerine?" Audrey asked. "Nope," said the girl.  At this point, I was thinking, "She just wants to be angry, maybe we should leave her alone." But Audrey wouldn't give up. "I've had days like that too," she said. "I know how you feel." And finally, the girl looked up from what she was doing and sighed. "I just didn't get my break. I'm exhausted." I offered to take a long time ordering so she could rest before the people behind us came up. Audrey asked if there was ... Read Full Story

In The Service Of Love

Mar 07, 2013, 5 comments, 8 smiles When people ask my favorite part of the wisdom 2.0 conference, i say "Speaking On Stage." Until this year, i had not experienced the full body joy and vitality of coming in to alignment with one's self, one's deepest truth, and standing for it, publicly, physically; risking disagreement, debate, judgment, and the possibility (probability) of being wrong in some ways. But my second answer, is a healing tent, disguised as a comic books store.   I had been offered a tent by the conference to sell Dharma Comics, and i offered the tent to the ServiceSpace community as a home base. I knew i'd be spending much of my time there, and i wanted this family around me as much as possible. :-) And what happened was magical! People would stroll by, and perhaps the the art would catch their eye, so they'd pause. And then...someone would ask "How are you?" and mean ... Read Full Story

Live In Love, Rest In Peace.

Jul 24, 2012, 14 comments, 8 smiles There's a way in which i could describe the last two month of my life as the hardest I've ever been through.I can't describe the pain of watching my dad, the man i love most in the world grow weaker every day, suffer the pain of not being able to breathe, the fear of not being able to find anyone to give him guarantees or answers, and start to wonder if he'll have to leave this life he loves so much -- because he, more than anyone  i've ever met was totally in love with his life. His job, his family, his friends, his daily baths, his guitar, his music, his church, his tv shows, his blackberry, his nurses, his librarians, his snacks, his own jokes...he was a person who never needed any more than exactly what he had, and the idea of having to give up that kind of perfection ... Read Full Story

Love Ninjas Gathered To Spread Father's ...

Jun 17, 2012, 6 comments, 16 smiles Love Ninjas gathered to spread Father's Day love and dedicated to my dad whose health has been failing. A friend wrote to my dad, "We baked some cookies, mixed some lemonade, picked some plums and handed them all out on Market Street in San Francisco in honor of you. We gave cookies to walkers, bikers and street cleaners. We ran up to cars stopped at a nearby stoplight and passed cookies to the passengers through the window. We even swept the street, so our little patch of Market Street would be spic and span. Our gift made some people confused and a lot of people smile. We hope it makes you smile, too =)" When i got off the skype call where they unveiled their love-schemes, the tears of gratitude flowed as I felt the endless well of support form such a loving community. I feel as inspired as i do cared for. World, better watch out, i have too much love overflowing in my heart for it not to spill out all over everyone's path i cross.  

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How Perfect This Wednesday's Passage On ...

Jun 15, 2012, 8 comments, 4 smiles How perfect this Wednesday's passage on Death and Letting go. This past week my father was moved into hospice care, nearing the end of this phase of his journey. Wednesday night we lay together in adjoining hospital beds holding hands, while my mom got much needed rest up stairs. I listened to the livestream as folks shared their reflections on death and letting go, transmitting your love and presence from my palm to his. Afterward i finished a poem i had been trying to write for days. Thank you, second family, for supporting me in supporting my first family.

Aesthetics As Ethics

Feb 28, 2012, 2 smiles Few ServiceSpace friends met for a wonderful dinner last night.  In our shared space of deep listening, Ilyas shared this Islamic notion of aesthetics as ethics; Richard built upon it with his own experience in interviewing artists. I remembered that notion of connecting beauty and ethics when I first read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.   "Quality" is how Robert Prisig refered to it, in reference to fixing his motorcycle. Nipun reminded  of this passage in particular:   "I think that if we are going to reform the world, and make it a better place to live in, the way to do it is not to talk about relationships of political nature, which are inevitably dualistic, full of subjects and objects and their relationship to one another; or with programs full of things for other people to do. I think that kind of approach starts it at the end ... Read Full Story

Sweep The Garden

Feb 18, 2012, 3 smiles I love the Zen saying "We have two jobs: to sit, and sweep the garden. And it doesn't matter the size of the garden." When I first heard this saying, I thought it meant, "Even sweeping the smallest garden is helpful." And I think it does mean that, but what I think it also means, is that no matter the size of the garden, even if it's really huge, it still needs to be swept, as earnestly and carefully as if it was small garden.  And I think this speaks to a value that I see in many of you.

50 Paper Cranes And 50 Clementines

Jan 13, 2012, 4 comments, 5 smiles Knowing my love of Happiness Ninja Hi-jynx (covert happiness inducing pranks), for my birthday present this week, Scott and Jo decided to go do a ramdom act of kindness. They folded 50 paper cranes and took 50 clementines to a place they thought could use some kindness: the DMV. After breaking through the skepticism that they weren't trying to make money, or part of an organization, they spent the morning brightening people's days by handing out their gifts. Afterward, they crafted a beautiful card telling the story with photo evidence of themselves standing next to the long lines holding their basket of treasures. At my birthday dinner later that night, they presented the card to me along with my own crane and clementine. As if they hadn't already created enough ripples for one day, when i read the tale of their adventure to the whole dinner party, several guests responded by clasping their hands and announcing "What a beautiful idea! I'm going to start dedicating random acts of kindness to friends on their birthdays!" In 30 years, that might be the best present i've EVER received.